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Camille Jenatzy at the Gordon Bennett Race in 1903
Belgian racing car driver Camille Jenatzy won the Race that year and came 2nd the following year. He came to an unfortunate end in a hunting accident in 1913.
Dan Donnelly (1788-1820) – Irish Boxing Pioneer.
The monument at Donnelly’s Hollow on the Curragh commemorates the spot where the boxer defeated the English fighter, Tom Hall, on the 14th September, 1814. More than 20,000 people are supposed to have attended the fight which Donnelly won and the hollow formerly known as Belcher’s Hollow became renamed Donnelly’s Hollow. Two more fights followed, the final one in July 1819, just nine months before he died. The hard life and alcohol had claimed another Irish hero – not for the first or last time.
The monument was erected in 1888 and paid for by public subscription.
The full story here: Dan Donnelly
Sadly the village idiots can’t even leave this monument to a great Irishman alone http://kilcullenbridge.blogspot.ie/2010/05/destruction-at-donnellys-hollow.html
Card published by Eason & Son in their “Signal Series”.
THE GORDON BENNETT RACE
This card, published by John Walker: The Autocar, produced a lot of interest on eBay earlier this month, eventually selling for a hefty £83! Postally used in 1905.
THE NEW LANSDOWNE ROAD
A fine view of the new ‘so-called‘ Aviva stadium – home to the IRFU and FAI. Part of a set of Spanish published cards of Irish stadia.
Billy “Spider” Kelly (1932-2010)
A famous Derry man who won the Commonwealth (British Empire) Featherweight Boxing title in 1954 at the King’s Hall in Belfast. Read more here.